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Gin Sonic Cocktail Recipe

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Gin sonic has a funny name but it’s quite a simple highball. It’s bubbly, refreshing, and maybe just the right thing when the weather is getting warm. 

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What is Gin Sonic?

Gin sonic is a mix of equal parts gin, tonic water, and club soda, hence the combined name. It’s one of the many bubbly and refreshing highballs you can make, combining tonic and club soda. And my guess is you could also make this into a club soda and lemon soda mix, and have it come out just as good. But because it’s got such a simple ingredient list, you need some really good ingredients so make them count. 

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Gin Sonic Cocktail Recipe

Ioana Ciuraru
A simple mix of gin, club soda, and tonic water
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Cocktails
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1.5 oz tonic water
  • 1.5 oz club soda


  • Get a rocks or Collins glass, fill it halfway with ice.
  • Pour in gin, then tonic and soda. Stir lightly.


A squeeze of citrus is optional but might help. A lemon twist might work well too.

When is this drink best ?

Gin sonic works great as a summer cocktail, since it’s on the bubbly and refreshing side. It’s casual and very easy to put together, so there’s no fuss about it. I could easily see this served alongside meals, or even served on its own as a refreshment in lounges. 

My thoughts on Gin Sonic

I found the drink a bit plain but still refreshing. The club soda tones down everything, including the gin and tonic water, so it’s not going to be a strong tasting cocktail. There’s also a little bit of salt in this, depending on your choice of club soda.

Overall a simple drink, helped along by the tonic water. I suggest using flavored tonic water.

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If you like Gin Sonic, you might also like…

Gin Tonic – the classic gin and tonic mix

Gin Soda – just gin and club soda, a bubbly mix

Gin Coke – an interesting mix of gin and cola

Vodka Tonic – a simpler mix, favoring tonic water

Vodka Soda – an easy mix of vodka and club soda

Tequila Soda – a simple mix of tequila and club soda

Notes, substitutes, and tips

All three ingredients in this are pretty simple. Make sure you use a gin you really like, and a club soda that isn’t too salty so it doesn’t cut through the others too much. The tonic water is the only one bringing sweetness, so choose it wisely. 

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